Humidor Double American Black Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.06/5 rDev -1%
Bottled on Jan 04, 2013. Maybe a bit past the best by date...
Packaged in a 750ml bottle. Served in a snifter. "A Double American Black Ale aged on Spanish cedar in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida. 11% Alcohol by Vol."
The rich tan head slowly rises from the black liquid in a reverse cascade, and then compacts on top of the dark brown beer that appears pitch black in the glass. The bubbles begin to coat the edge of the beer with lacing.
Cigar City's unique barrel treatment of this beer immediately becomes apparent in the smell, with a spicy cedar aroma on top of a roasted grain smell which carries notes of chocolate. Faded hops are present, but very light. It doesn't quite have the hoppy aroma I would expect from a Black Ale. However, this bottle is over a year old at this point, and the aroma may have faded lightly.
This beer hits the palate intensely, slamming the tongue with a robust, full-bodied roasty malt backbone and a spicy, herbal, earthy Spanish cedar taste. The bitterness is intense as well, but acts predominantly in a balancing role. The flavors are, like I mentioned, very bold. This beer is not for the faint of heart. The carbonation is smooth and soft, and the alcohol leaves a slight bit of warmth on the exhale. Notes of cigar box, alcohol, bitter cocoa, sweet tea, and pine.
I have had some of Cigar City's Humidor Series beers before, and I remember definitely not liking the Cedar IPA. I found it too intense; the cedar unforgiving and overwhelming. I may be more tolerant now, or maybe the base beer is more forgiving, but this is a much improved experience for me. Really like the interplay of the cedar against a hoppy black ale. Not quite as drinkable as I would like, but this is "imperial" and as such you don't need much. Very unique, and well-done.
03-30-2014 22:47:18 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev -0.2%
Enjoyed at the CC Tasting room. Big smoke aroma, a medium mouthfeel. Tons of flavour, interplay between the smoke, roast and hops. Lacey on a black body. Its like a shwartzbier on steroids, and good hops. Possibly best beer of my FL trip. A very good CC beer.
01-21-2013 03:03:37 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Poured into a plastic cup.
Appearance - Jet black, inky, and glass-staining. Well, plastic-staining. Looks as thick and viscous as anything black that CCB makes.
Smell - Cedar and tons of it. Gives it a grapefruit aroma that is difficult to discern from hops.
Taste - Bright and cedary up front. Chocolate malts push it out of the way, but the cedar comes back in the finish. Sweet in the back too with a boozy bite
Mouthfeel - Very thick. Low carbonation. Still doesn't drink as heavy as my description would indicate.
Overall - It's pretty much a stout. Similar to Humidor Zhukov. Less viscous, hoppier, and less chocolatey. I guess that's what they're going for.
01-25-2013 00:47:14 | More by Alieniloquium
4.65/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.
A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains very well before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Honeycomb-patterned lacing.
S- Oh dear lord. Magnificent nose of fresh cedar, hops and roasted malt. They all converge into a bouquet that's just about perfect IMO. It's peppery, sharp and inviting. There's also some caramel/brown sugar sweetness from the malt that just adds to the enjoyment and complexity.
T- Taste is much of the same. Powerful cedar twang on the palate with the hops and malt complementing. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden, though part of the flavor profile all the same, making this drink comparable to a fine cognac or bourbon that you would pair with a cigar. Also damn near perfect.
M- Sharp and slightly stingy from the alcohol, cedar and hops. I'm sure some age would fix that. Mostly full body and medium carbonation.
O- Thank you Cigar City for coming up with the brilliant concept for the Humidor Series beers. Who would've thought aging beer on cedar would lead to such deliciousness?
02-11-2013 21:14:03 | More by Immortale25
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover
Big time cedar in the nose and flavor - very aggressive. Chocolate, cocoa and tons of hops make this a very robust beer. Balanced with a restrained bitterness. Chocolatey cedar finish. One of the more interesting beers CCB has put out
01-25-2013 18:52:20 | More by scottyshades
4.39/5 rDev +7.1%
750mL bottle from Lueken's Liquors online. 11.99. Bottled 1/4/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
Pours black with cola edges under the light and a dense half finger of vanilla head that leaves dark sheets of lace galore.
Smells of pine, roast, citrus and cedar.
Taste is big and bold with bitter hoppy pine, grapefruit rind, French roast coffee, cream, cedar,dark chocolate, oranges, vanilla, smoke, tobacco and a little pepper. A bit of alcohol burn on the back end but it blends in with the coplex, sweet roasty, hoppy bitterness. Really interesting and quite tasty.
Smooth, velvety, oily medium heavy body with moderate-to-mild carbonation. Cedar, pine and roast aftertaste with a tinge of boozey cooling.
The cedar adds a very distinctive element to a well done base American black ale. Far superior to the Humidor Jai Alai for my tastes. An intricate dichotomy of hops and roast that is made that much more facinating by aging on cedar spirals. One of the best ABAs I've tried and another strong entry from the beer wizards at Cigar City.
02-23-2013 05:14:17 | More by ThickNStout
Humidor Double American Black Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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